October 3, 2011
Identity Theft Leads To Lengthy Suspension
The Georgia Supreme Court imposed a three-year consent suspension nunc pro tunc to August 2009 in a case where the attorney's firm was retained in several plaintiff cases that were settled without her knowledge or participation.
The attorney had stayed home with her child and subsequently opened a solo practice. She hired Mr. Ly to serve as office manager and interpreter. She trusted him; she should not have. When she closed the practice and moved to Florida, she trusted Ly to close her bank accounts and forward her mail. As a result, she did not timely respond to the bar investigation.
It appears that "Ly or someone else assumed her identity and purported to act under her authority. [The attorney] states that her subsequent attempts to prevent someone from operating her former firm led her to fear for her safety and the safety of her family." She admitted that she had not properly closed down her practice. (Mike Frisch)
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